I made an appointment with Dr. Sarah Bernat for our 1 year old lab. He is very energetic and has had small injuries in the past. I usually take care of it, but had prior obligations so my boyfriend took him. Eddie, our dog, had a visible cut on his paw that we had tried to medicate ourselves, but it was still bothering him after a few days.
We know how costly a visit to the vet can be and wanted to wait until we knew our efforts weren't working. I called Green Acres and told them exactly what was wrong, he had a cut and wasn't crying, but wouldn't put much pressure on it. As well as he probably just needed antibiotics and pain meds (clearly this wasn't our first rodeo with Eddie injuries) Our bill has never been more than $100.
Needless to say, my boyfriend walked in and they convinced him that although the cut was completely visible... his leg MAY BE BROKEN??? Bernat then began to tug on the heart strings claiming this was the best thing to do and it was just an x-ray to check. Just an x-ray was a lie.
Our bill came to almost $400, with the majority of it paying for multiple x-rays and her $80 fee to "interpret" them. She came back to say everything was fine and it must be the cut and handed him antibiotics and pain meds, as I had originally requested.
Yes, my boyfriend should have said no to the x-rays, but where is the decency in a doctor who can visibly see whats wrong and talks someone into an unneeded treatment to raise the cost of the bill. I will not be returning to Green Acres and I suggest you don't either!